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Cycling has proved its worth during the pandemic, as a safe and socially distanced way for people to get exercise and as a means to travel to work and for other essential journeys. However, 74% of people from ethnic minority groups living in our 12 Bike Life cities and towns do not currently cycle. This compares to 37% of White people. Source: Sustrans, July 2020
The mechanisms underlying the antidepressant effects of exercise remain in debate; however, the efficacy of exercise in decreasing symptoms of depression has been well established. Data regarding the positive mood effects of exercise involvement, independent of fitness gains, suggest that the focus should be on frequency of exercise rather than duration or intensity until the behavior has been well established. Source: NCBI, 2014
The social sector is being called to step into this moment and create a future that is dramatically different from our past. Will we choose to ask the questions traditional planning has encouraged us to ask, guided by the scarcity-driven assumption that the best we can do is react to our problems? Or will we ask questions that remove our blinders, revealing the whole picture of what is possible, and the dominoes that will turn that potential into reality? Source: SSIR, July 2020
The recent COVID-19 restrictions have profoundly impacted the way people live, work and travel as evidenced by the public’s desire to be more active, and the rise in popularity of cycling and walking (Sport England, 2020). Now, we can embed those changes in people’s travel behaviour, increase active travel, and transform permanently how many people move around, particularly in towns and cities. Source: gov.uk, July 2020
UK Coaching has launched a new toolkit that will ensure the nation’s coaches are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide great coaching experiences to others. And support them as coaches to better look after themselves as they return to coaching after COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. Source: Activity Alliance, July 2020
As the Prime Minister set out his ambition for the country’s recovery in the West Midlands last week, the National Trust, the Mayor of the West Midlands, Sustrans, Create Streets and local council leaders[3] have written to him urging a £5.5billion commitment to an urban green infrastructure fund to level up access to urban green space as part of his “infrastructure revolution”. Source: National Trust, July 2020